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Canadian Colleges

theconnoisseurtheconnoisseur Registered User Posts: 199 Junior Member
edited October 2013 in Canada
Just out of the sake of curiosity does anyone have any info Canadian colleges? I've just been wondering and I haven't been able to find very much.
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  • kevycanuckkevycanuck Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    I might be able to answer some, depending on which areas you're interested in. What would you like to know?

    studentawards.com is the canadian equivalent of collegeconfidential; you could give that a look.
  • theconnoisseurtheconnoisseur Registered User Posts: 199 Junior Member
    I guess just some general info and maybe some college suggestions. I'm mostly just curious because I think it might be interesting to go to college in Canada.

    I think I want to study law or political science but I'm not quite sure. Right now my top 3 schools are U of Michigan, UT-Austin, and U of Washington. I'm looking for a school with about 10,000- 25,000 students, liberal leaning student body, and some school spirit but not too much.
  • kevycanuckkevycanuck Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    McGill, U of Western Ontario, McMaster, Queen's come to mind. I'm not sure how their law and political science programs are, but they sort of fit your other requirements.

    If it's just "interesting" to come to Canada when you can go to the U.S, I would really suggest you stay in the US. It's a very different system here in Canada, and I would say I expected something a bit different. (I go to UofT and I did HS in NY)

    However, if it is an interest you, it'll be a great experience! Some schools that you could start researching are:

    1. University of Toronto
    2. McGill
    3. University of British Columbia
    4. University of Western Ontario
    5. Queen's University
    6. McMaster University
    7. York University

    Just some of the better known ones, but there are definitely more.
  • theconnoisseurtheconnoisseur Registered User Posts: 199 Junior Member
    Well recently I did a student ambassadorship to Taiwan, so I've been thinking about college out of the country but I haven't seriously looked into it very much. Thanks for the info though:) also, would you consider any of these colleges highly selective? I've heard that McGill is considered the Harvard of Canada but I don't really know how selective that would make it compared to American schools.
  • kevycanuckkevycanuck Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    I'm in UToronto right now, and I was also accepted to McGill and University of British Columbia for engineering. I was also accepted to UMichigan, U of Washington, and UIUC for their engineering programs as well.

    Depending on the program, admission standards vary. Just know that Canadian schools put a lot of emphasis on GPA and not as much on EC's. McGill didn't even ask me to write an essay in the application, nor did they ask me to list an EC's. If you have the GPA and SAT scores, with the pre-requisite courses, you're pretty much in. For McGill, I would say anything around 92 and an SAT score of 2100 makes you pretty competitive, and anything higher just increases your chances. So it's nothing close to Harvard. UofT's faculty of arts and science is also not that hard to get into, just meet the course requirements and you should be good.

    I'd say if you can get into Michigan, you're good for most Canadian schools.
  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    If you want to do poli-sci so you can do law afterward, be wary of U Toronto's strict grading, or else you might find yourself at NWU for law school.
  • alwaysamomalwaysamom Registered User Posts: 12,245 Senior Member
    A few comments.

    -You cannot study law without an undergrad degree first.
    I've heard that McGill is considered the Harvard of Canada

    -Let me guess, you've heard this from Americans, right? No Canadian would ever say this.

    -All Canadian universities are publicly funded.

    -Colleges in Canada are not universities and, generally speaking, do not grant degrees, but rather, certificates in certain programs. Some now have the ability to grant degrees in joint programs with a university. They are similar to community colleges in the U.S., but not exactly the same.

    -All Canadian universities will provide you with a good education, and Canadians don't look at rankings the way Americans do. For Ontario schools, have a look at the OUAC website, an umbrella group that handles admissions. They'll have links to all school websites.

    -For your cited parameters, I'd have a look at University of Toronto, McGill, University of British Columbia, and Queen's. The first three are in large urban environment and the last is in a smaller city situated on Lake Ontario.
  • tomofbostontomofboston Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
    McGill and Queen's are the most selective schools in Canada. I would put their selectivity as being similar to UCLA or Michigan. One caveat though is that there are no "hooks" in Canadian admission. Being a legacy, underepresented minority or athlete will not make up for substandard GPA or SAT scores. Also, having great EC's and writing a great essay will have no effect at McGill and little effect at other Canadian schools.
  • TitoMoritoTitoMorito Registered User Posts: 795 Member
    Hey, tomofboston (or anyone else who can answer), could you explain to me why Queen's seems to have such a good reputation on CC? I've never heard anything about it on this side of Canada (either in high school or undergrad), but it seems to be pretty well-regarded over in Ontario and the surrounding area. Thanks!
  • tomofbostontomofboston Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
    @titomorito: Canadians do not "go away" to college/university to the extent that Americans do. If you are from Toronto, chances are you will go to UToronto or York. If you are from Montr
  • alwaysamomalwaysamom Registered User Posts: 12,245 Senior Member
    There are Queen's alumni branches across Canada, in eight different provinces; more than 15 branches in the U.S. and more than 20 in other countries. You will find Queen's grads just about anywhere. It has one of the most active alumni associations around, and a special kind of school spirit that doesn't end at graduation. I'm not sure where you are Tito, or what university you attend, but it's amazing to me that anyone in Canada would not have heard anything about Queen's. It's an excellent school.
  • TitoMoritoTitoMorito Registered User Posts: 795 Member
    @alwaysamom: I'm surprised I haven't heard much about Queen's, either -- just the name, and that it's a great school, with no reasons given as to why it's so great. It's probably because they have little to do with my field (only 6 faculty, none of which I've heard of in 4 years, and no grad program), so even if it came up in discussion, there wouldn't be much to say.

    Thank you both for the information! :)
  • chipkalichipkali Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    UBC or McGill for a course in mechanical engineering. And how far behind is U of alberta from the two?
  • Joeco647Joeco647 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    I didn't hear anything about Queen's until I realized one of my teachers went there, and I live in the Toronto area. They really promote school spirit unlike most Canadian universities. I would hate to study there though, just a personal preference - Kingston is so boring.

    Just a warning about UofT, they have severe grade deflation and they will butcher your GPA. The best school in Canada to attend, imho, is McGill.
  • IANKRISBANAWAIANKRISBANAWA Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I have the same questions. And I wold also like to ask which is better. Going to canada to study? Or going to USA to study? which one is better?
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